Today's News

  • Stuff the Bus on Aug.30

    Folks are always reminded to "watch out" for school buses when the school year first begins. However, officials with the Levy County Schools Foundation hope you will keep an "eye out" for the big yellow buses for another important reason.

    A Foundation project called "Stuff the Bus" is under way throughout the county. On Saturday, Aug. 30, school buses will be parked at the following locations for residents to stuff the vehicles with school supplies from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Williston: Hitchcock's Foodway, U.S Hwy 27

    Bronson: Buy N Save Grocery, Alt. U.S. Hwy 27

  • Open House planned

    Monday, Aug. 18 will be the first day for students at Williston High School. The school day begins at 9:05 a.m. with the first bell ringing at 9 a.m. The school day will end at 3:17 p.m. Students will have homeroom every day this year. Our "zero" period will run from 8:10 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Football physicals needed

    Any Williston High School students who wish to participate in football this school year must have a physical exam before they can practice. Physical forms and all other required paperwork are available in the Williston High School front office.

    Practice begins Aug. 4. Please call Coach Jamie Baker if you have any questions at 258-4730.

  • County keeps millage rate

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • City residents may pay fire fee

    In the upcoming tax year, Williston residents may be subject to a fire assessment for the first time in the city's history.

    The City Council voted at its most recent meeting to implement a Resolution of Intent to fund fire and rescue services by the imposition of an annual fee on all property within the city limits of Williston.

    City Attorney Norm Fugate said that city residents pay no fire assessments to Levy County, as occupants of the unincorporated portions of the county do.

  • Suspect in home invasion killed

    One suspect is dead and four others are under arrest after a home invasion early Wednesday.

    According to a news release, the invasion occurred in the 19000 block of Northwest County Road 335 in Marion County, just outside of the Williston area.

    Officials say two armed suspects unlawfully entered the residence, and as a result a homeowner "retrieved a firearm and shot and killed one suspect."

    The second suspect fled along with some others.

    The dead man was identified as Jonathan Gaal, 19, of Southeast 70th Loop in Ocala.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, July 26

    * SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Cornerstone Assembly of God. Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, July 28

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * Whole Wide World @ My Public Library. Join us for books, stories, games crafts, and much, much more. All programs begin @ 10:00 a.m. at Williston Public Library, 528-2313.

    * CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

  • Upcoming events

    Bethany Church

    to hold centennial

    On July 25-27 the Bethany Church of Christ will celebrate its centennial with a gospel meeting.

    Each day one of the men who previously preached at this church will return with a lesson on how the Love of God can save your soul, and preserve a congregation of believers for 100 years.

    Gospel meeting

    set in Morriston

    Morriston Church of Christ is "Celebrating 100 Years" with a gospel meeting July 25-27.

  • Stretch of 441 to be name for Williston resident

    On Wednesday, July 9, a road sign was unveiled that honors a local hero; a stretch of U.S. 441 is now designated as the Lt. Colonel Robert T. Heagy Jr. Memorial Highway.

    Lt. Col. Robert T. Heagy Jr. resided in Williston before he died in 2005. He was born just outside of Archer in 1930. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. became assistant to the base commander when he entered the Air Force. He soon became an officer. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. served in the military for over 30 years. For 28 of those years he was a fighter pilot.

  • Man charged with enticing child

    A 63-year-old Fanning Springs resident has been charged with impersonating a police officer, and luring and enticing a child into his vehicle.

    Levy County Sheriff's Investigator Lauree Allen arrested William Silas Johns July 10 on the charges.

    The 6-year-old girl who reported the July 2 incident was not physically harmed, according to a sheriff's office press release.